The Latest in Books by Black Authors
Age/Grade Level or Audience
Advertise current works by black authors.
Create a bulletin board of book jackets of works by Caribbean, African, or African-American authors. Organize the display according to age and interest level. Feature a variety of books from reference and nonfiction to poetry, drama, novels, and short stories, for example:
- Poems by Sapphire or by Nobel laureate Derek Wolcott
- Walter Mosley's mysteries
- The Norton Anthology of Literature
- Mildred D. Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee's autobiography, A Kind of Hope
- Terry McMillan's tales of modern black women and their relationships
- Cornel West's Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America
- Judith Hoffman Corwin's African Crafts
- Michael Eric Dyson's Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line
- Molefi K. Asante and Mark T. Mattson's Historical and Cultural Atlas of African Americans
- Toni Morrison's Paradise
Collect book jackets from the technical services division of a city, county, or school library. For more information about books, consult the Perma-Bound Multicultural Catalog, Vandalia Road, Jacksonville, IL 62650; telephone: (800)637-6581. Miller-Lachmann, Lyn, Our Family, Our Friends, Our World: An Annotated Guide to Significant Multicultural Books for Children and Teenagers, Bowker, 1992.
Encourage more readers to sample black authors. Use these methods:
- Distribute book lists by mail or at the checkout desk of the library.
- Share the information with the book editor of a local newspaper.
- Have the Friends of the Library include new book information in their newsletters.
- Include suggested titles that the library would like to purchase and which donors or support groups may supply as gifts or memorials.
- Hold a pre-holiday Afrocentric book fair.
- Make Afrocentric bookmarks to distribute free. List a book title on each one.